Modeling & Control of the Human Voice

  • Title: Modeling & Control of the Human Voice

  • Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

  • Period: 2019-2023

  • PI: Dennis Frank-Ito 

  • Collaborators: Wilkins Aquino, John Dolbow 

  • IOMechLab Students: Max Nezdyur

The objective of this project is to develop a system to model and control human phonation to aid in surgical planning.  A coupled fluid-structure interaction (FSI) model of the human vocal folds will simulate the flow in the Larynx. From the FSI model, the acoustics of Larynx is then generated to characterize the phonation of the system. Using reduced order modeling, optimization and control the parameters of the model can be changed to improve simulated voice quality. This model can then be relayed to the surgical team to aid in the surgical plan.